Fleet Foxes Drummer Leaves Band

Other members of the folk group form new band, Poor Moon

January 20, 2012 8:50 AM ET
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Josh Tillman of Fleet Foxes performs during the Lollapalooza music festival.
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Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman announced his departure from the band in a post on his Tumblr yesterday. "Tokyo is my last show with the Foxes," he wrote, referring to the folk rock group's gig at Studio Coast tonight. Tillman was self-deprecating in the brief message: "Back into the gaping maw of obscurity I go," he joked, apologizing if he ever seemed "distant and obtuse" during meetings with fans.

Tillman was an active solo artist both before and during his time as a member of Fleet Foxes. His most recent solo LP, Singing Ax, was issued by Western Vinyl last year.

Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott of Fleet Foxes have also announced a new project, though they will not be leaving the band. The two have formed a new group called Poor Moon, and they will be releasing a debut EP called Illusion through Fleet Foxes' label, Sub Pop, on March 27th.

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